Gun violence has claimed two more lives in Toronto, and residents are becoming increasingly concerned for the safety and security of their city.
The latest gun-related death occurred in Yorkville on May 29, 2018. The victim was identified as Matthew Staikos, the 37-year-old CEO of a Toronto-based tech start-up called Vleepo. He was shot at the intersection of Bay St. and Yorkville Ave. and was pronounced dead at the scene by police. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area in a four-door, silver Mercedes.
Within the same 30-hour period, another shooting occurred at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, where a man in his 20s was rushed to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
These two incidents followed four other shootings that took place just a day earlier in separate locations across the city. Three of the victims were injured, while the fourth victim, now identified as 21-year-old accounting student Venojan Suthesan, died as a result.
Other shootings that occurred this month include two that happened over the Victoria Day weekend — Mohammad Garda, 17, was gunned down in Scarborough near Ellesmere Ave. and Markham Rd. on May 20, while Jaiden Jackson, 28, was shot 20 times in a targeted attack on Wellington St. near Yonge St.
Mayor John Tory issued a statement addressing the wave of deadly shootings that have recently plagued Toronto.
"The incidents of gun violence we have seen in our city in the past few days are shocking and can in no way be accepted or brushed aside," he said. "As mayor, I am troubled by every act of violence in our city regardless of where it happens."
According to statistics by Toronto Police, this year has been one of the deadliest in terms of gun violence in the past five years, with the months of April and May seeing the highest number of victims at 52 each.
"This morning, I spoke to Chief Mark Saunders about last night's murder and other recent acts of violence in our city," continued Tory. "I have assured that Toronto Police are doing everything possible to bring the perpetrators of these despicable crimes to justice."